Sciatica causes stabbing and shooting pain from your lower back into your leg, which can be severe and is often disabling. If you have sciatica and need an effective solution, Bart Gatz, MD, and the team at American Interventional Pain Institute in Greenacres, Florida, can help. Dr. Gatz is a distinguished pain medicine specialist providing first-class services for patients who have sciatica and other pain conditions. Request a consultation online or by phone today if you’re suffering from the pain of sciatica.
Sciatica is a painful lower back and leg condition that develops when your sciatic nerve gets pinched. Your sciatic nerve starts in the lower part of your spine, called the lumbar region, and heads down toward your buttocks, then divides into two, with one branch traveling down each leg all the way to your foot. If the sciatic nerve gets damaged or comes under pressure from surrounding tissues, sciatica may develop.
Your sciatic nerve may potentially come under pressure due to:
You’re more likely to develop sciatica if you’re overweight or don’t get much exercise, and wearing high heels puts you at a greater risk of developing sciatica as well.
It’s important to get treatment at American Interventional Pain Institute if you have any symptoms of sciatica, as pinched nerves that are left untreated can lead to permanent nerve damage.
Sciatica causes a distinctive type of stabbing or shooting pain that radiates from your lower back, through your hip and buttock, and down your leg, following the path of the sciatic nerve. The pain is often worse when you’re sitting down or at night when you’re in bed.
In addition to pain, sciatica can cause:
In most cases, sciatica only develops in one leg.
At American Interventional Pain Institute, sciatica treatments focus on removing the pressure on your sciatic nerve that’s causing your symptoms. Your provider prepares an individualized treatment plan that may include therapies such as:
A combination of rest and gentle exercise is more likely to ease the pain of sciatica than staying immobile. Following the program your provider at American Interventional Pain Institute develops for you ensures that you carry out the right type of exercise to optimize your recovery.
Once the pressure on your sciatic nerve reduces your symptoms should resolve, but prompt treatment offers the best chance of a full recovery. If you have any symptoms of sciatica or other back pain problems, call American Interventional Pain Institute today or schedule a consultation online today.
Meet The Doctor
Pain Management Specialist
Dr. Gatz has been practicing Pain Medicine for nearly 2 decades. He began his medical education by earning his Bachelors in Arts from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in 1991. He then went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska in1993.
After completing his internship at Creighton University Medical Center, in 1994, Dr. Gatz completed his Anesthesiology residency at Kansas University Medical Center and his Anesthesiology and Pain Management fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina, in 1998.
Why Choose Our Clinic
The American Interventional Pain Institute uses a patient centered approach to develop an appropriate treatment plan to help each patient overcome their pain.